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  • anon 2010-11-19 09:01
    Hey Alex, you forgot to anonymous the insurance bill.
  • Bob 2010-11-19 09:05
    Jeroen, I'm pretty sure your insurance company is asking you to send kisses...
  • Mark 2010-11-19 09:05
    All I've gotta say is XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXX
  • Bill P. Godfrey 2010-11-19 09:06
    Hey, I need something to control my man oil.
  • ben 2010-11-19 09:09
    I just opened my greader to have a look at old the old "Error'd-posts" and now this. I think you´re in my brain now. I realy should build an aluminium helmet.
  • Toon 2010-11-19 09:11
    The XXXXXXXX one is NOT a WTF! presumably mr. submitter did not submit the entire letter. The yellow form is normally signed by the person owing the money, so the bank can transfer the money. In this case the health insurer had probably given the submitter money in return, but "had" to send one of these letters, marking the yellow form with X's for the recipient's benefit.
  • Bobbo 2010-11-19 09:18
    The sun may rise in the east,
    At least it settles in the final location.
  • Deezil 2010-11-19 09:21
    Xxxx XXXXXXXXXXXX,

    Xx xxxx xxx xxx’x xxxx, xxxx xx x xxxxx-xx xxxxx. Xxx xxxx xxxx xxx xxxxxx xx xxxxx xxxx xxxxxxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxx xxxx xxx’xx xxx xxxxx xxx xxx xxxxxx xx xx xxxxx XXXXxxx.

    Xx xxxx xxx xxxx xx.

    Xxxxxxxxx,
    Xxxx Xxxxxxxxx
  • Paul 2010-11-19 09:26
    ERROR
    If you cannot view this comment properly, please ERROR.

    Dear Mr. Papadimoulis
    ERROR
  • GiantVentilatorFan 2010-11-19 09:27
    Deezil:
    Xxxx XXXXXXXXXXXX,

    Xx xxxx xxx xxx’x xxxx, xxxx xx x xxxxx-xx xxxxx. Xxx xxxx xxxx xxx xxxxxx xx xxxxx xxxx xxxxxxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxx xxxx xxx’xx xxx xxxxx xxx xxx xxxxxx xx xx xxxxx XXXXxxx.

    Xx xxxx xxx xxxx xx.

    Xxxxxxxxx,
    Xxxx Xxxxxxxxx


    Depressingly, I'd already marked this down as "yet another Bert Glanstron comment" before I realised all the letters were X.
  • BramSmulders 2010-11-19 09:27
    Deezil:
    Xxxx XXXXXXXXXXXX,

    Xx xxxx xxx xxx’x xxxx, xxxx xx x xxxxx-xx xxxxx. Xxx xxxx xxxx xxx xxxxxx xx xxxxx xxxx xxxxxxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxx xxxx xxx’xx xxx xxxxx xxx xxx xxxxxx xx xx xxxxx XXXXxxx.

    Xx xxxx xxx xxxx xx.

    Xxxxxxxxx,
    Xxxx Xxxxxxxxx

    If you cannot view this comment properly, please ERROR.
  • ExOttoyuhr 2010-11-19 09:34
    I AM ERROR. SHOW MY NOTE TO RIVER MAN.

    [Captcha: facilisi: yes, it is facile to invoke this meme in this context...]
  • Karl 2010-11-19 09:40
    Alex, I'm not allowed to view XXX rated material at work, much less all this XXXXXXXXX stuff! Please put things like this behind some kind of NSFW warning next time. If I get fired over this... well I'll have more time to read TDWTF I guess.
  • Jerry 2010-11-19 09:41
    Don't you think you should have redacted his name and address, at least?
  • English Man 2010-11-19 09:43
    Just what the hell is Man Oil?
  • Bruce 2010-11-19 09:45
    English Man:
    Just what the hell is Man Oil?
    I'm not sure, but if it is what I'm thinking, I understand why you'd want to control its range.
  • Shondoit 2010-11-19 09:45
    It's... well... uh.

    Maybe it's better if you asked your daddy about this, okay?
  • XXX 2010-11-19 09:46
    English Man:
    Just what the hell is Man Oil?


    Do you really want to know? You'll find it on some XXX sites.
  • operagost 2010-11-19 09:48
    It says, "Here may be found the last words of Joseph of Informix. The selected locale/codeset will result in performance degradation. For optimum performance, UGGGGHHHHH"
  • Andrew 2010-11-19 09:49
    I think someone killed the guy who was about to write the secret to "optimum performance".

    Captcha: erat => erat humanum est
  • Anonymous 2010-11-19 09:50
    Obviously it's in Roman numerals. ЄXXXX.XX is 40 Euros and 20 Eurolets (are Euro pence called Eurolets? If not, why not?).
  • JamesQMurphy 2010-11-19 09:56
    XXX:
    English Man:
    Just what the hell is Man Oil?


    Do you really want to know? You'll find it on some XXX sites.

    No, no, you don't understand! It's a cookbook!
  • anon 2010-11-19 10:00
    Anonymous:
    Obviously it's in Roman numerals. ЄXXXX.XX is 40 Euros and 20 Eurolets (are Euro pence called Eurolets? If not, why not?).
    They're called Euro-cents, presumably because "cents" was already taken.
  • the beholder 2010-11-19 10:06
    Why does Bart Kuik's picture looks so weird? There's even a floating chimney there.
  • Web Dude 2010-11-19 10:09
    Anonymous:
    Obviously it's in Roman numerals. ЄXXXX.XX is 40 Euros and 20 Eurolets (are Euro pence called Eurolets?


    A Euro pence is called a Eurine. FACT.
  • golddog 2010-11-19 10:11
    operagost:
    It says, "Here may be found the last words of Joseph of Informix. The selected locale/codeset will result in performance degradation. For optimum performance, UGGGGHHHHH"


    Nobody would write, "UGGGGHHHHH", they'd just say it!
  • airdrik 2010-11-19 10:15
    the beholder:
    Why does Bart Kuik's picture looks so weird? There's even a floating chimney there.

    Well, the floating chimney can be explained as a part of the building that is behind the display, however it does look like they set up a giant backdrop between the display and the building behind it with a poorly drawn scene from another city.

    A part of me says that the display is just a retail POS display and they snapped a picture of it in front of a model backdrop to make it look like an electronic billboard gone awry. But then several of the details in the picture and on the display lead me to believe that it really is an electronic billboard.
  • not so humble 2010-11-19 10:15
    The selected locale/codeset will result in performance degradation. For optimum performance...


    Why is this a WTF? Doesn't everyone know you need to just: Please do the necessary.
  • some guy 2010-11-19 10:18
    golddog:
    operagost:
    It says, "Here may be found the last words of Joseph of Informix. The selected locale/codeset will result in performance degradation. For optimum performance, UGGGGHHHHH"


    Nobody would write, "UGGGGHHHHH", they'd just say it!


    Maybe he was transcribing?
  • FuBar 2010-11-19 10:19
    Deezil:
    Xxxx XXXXXXXXXXXX,

    Xx xxxx xxx xxx’x xxxx, xxxx xx x xxxxx-xx xxxxx. Xxx xxxx xxxx xxx xxxxxx xx xxxxx xxxx xxxxxxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxx xxxx xxx’xx xxx xxxxx xxx xxx xxxxxx xx xx xxxxx XXXXxxx.

    Xx xxxx xxx xxxx xx.

    Xxxxxxxxx,
    Xxxx Xxxxxxxxx
    Um, sorry, you forgot to ROT13 that for security. It should be:
    Kkkk KKKKKKKKKKKK,

    Kk kkkk kkk kkk’k kkkk, kkkk kk k kkkkk-kk kkkkk. Kkk kkkk kkkk kkk kkkkkk kk kkkkk kkkk kkkkkkkkkk kkkkkk kkkkkkk kkkkk kkkk kkk’kk kkk kkkkk kkk kkk kkkkkk kk kk kkkkk KKKKkkk.

    Kk kkkk kkk kkkk kk.

    Kkkkkkkkk,
    Kkkk Kkkkkkkkk


  • fasdfasf 2010-11-19 10:25
    What's up with the third picture? Yeah yeah we've all seen windows errors on public displays but what is going on in the background? Is that some ground to building height billboard picture of a nice building to hide the shitty one behind it or just photoshopped?
  • BentFranklin 2010-11-19 10:30
    What is "[SUBPUP] Perspective error" and what does it have to do with horrible photoshopping?
  • Dave Van den Eynde 2010-11-19 10:31
    That's not an Error'd. The bill is probably settled automatically and the standard form is overwritten with X's to prevent the customer to accidentally use the form to make another payment.

    This happens all the time on my bills.
  • jltympanum 2010-11-19 10:36
    Actually, it's a cosmetic for men.

    http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=589037&publicationSubCategoryId=446

    It's still pretty weird, though.
  • Seahen 2010-11-19 10:36
    Pay to: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
    The order of: $XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.xx
    Memo: If you cannot cash this check properly, please ERROR
    X: XXXXXXXXXXXXX
  • ping floyd 2010-11-19 10:38
    I do believe that's the most OS-neutral error'd posting I've ever seen. Windows, Linux, and Macs, all showing their best (or worst) in the same post. Kudos!
  • Dazed 2010-11-19 10:38
    Toon:
    The XXXXXXXX one is NOT a WTF!

    It's still pretty silly. Putting x's over the amount and account number is what is usually done, and is entirely sufficient. Here they've unnecessarily filled everything with x's, even the information field and the stub (except, for some odd reason, the account number).
  • Matt Westwood 2010-11-19 10:42
    golddog:
    operagost:
    It says, "Here may be found the last words of Joseph of Informix. The selected locale/codeset will result in performance degradation. For optimum performance, UGGGGHHHHH"


    Nobody would write, "UGGGGHHHHH", they'd just say it!


    He might have had a secretary who took dictation.
  • Silfax 2010-11-19 10:43
    golddog:
    operagost:
    It says, "Here may be found the last words of Joseph of Informix. The selected locale/codeset will result in performance degradation. For optimum performance, UGGGGHHHHH"


    Nobody would write, "UGGGGHHHHH", they'd just say it!


    perhaps he was dictating
  • Matt Westwood 2010-11-19 10:44
    Comment not available.
    Adding comment instead.
  • Matt Westwood 2010-11-19 10:45
    XXXXXX? It's censorship, you know. Censorship gone mad.

    And the worst thing about censorship is XXXXXXXXX XXXXXX.
  • ShatteredArm 2010-11-19 10:47
    fasdfasf:
    What's up with the third picture? Yeah yeah we've all seen windows errors on public displays but what is going on in the background? Is that some ground to building height billboard picture of a nice building to hide the shitty one behind it or just photoshopped?


    I believe it is just a nice city scene painted on the side of a building in order to make a run down (I mean, "working class") neighborhood look not so bad.
  • Some Wonk 2010-11-19 11:01
    Silfax:
    golddog:
    operagost:
    It says, "Here may be found the last words of Joseph of Informix. The selected locale/codeset will result in performance degradation. For optimum performance, UGGGGHHHHH"


    Nobody would write, "UGGGGHHHHH", they'd just say it!


    perhaps he was dictating


    No, no. It's Aaauugghh. In the back of the throat.
  • XXXXXXXXX 2010-11-19 11:05
    TRDWTF is wanting to install php?
  • Kef Schecter 2010-11-19 11:05
    BentFranklin:
    What is "[SUBPUP] Perspective error" and what does it have to do with horrible photoshopping?


    What makes it a horrible photoshop?
  • Power Troll 2010-11-19 11:17
    The XXXXXXXXXXXX thing is not a WTF. This is similar to the IRC password incident. See, when you see XXXXXXXXXXXX (a medical condition), I actually see XXXXXXXXXXXX. It's the latest technology being used across the globe so that personal medical information remains anonymous in real life and on the internet.

    For example, I've been diagnosed with XXXXXXXXXXXX, but I'm not afraid to submit that, because it's automatically hidden from you guys.
  • JJoos 2010-11-19 11:20
    Toon:
    The XXXXXXXX one is NOT a WTF! presumably mr. submitter did not submit the entire letter. The yellow form is normally signed by the person owing the money, so the bank can transfer the money. In this case the health insurer had probably given the submitter money in return, but "had" to send one of these letters, marking the yellow form with X's for the recipient's benefit.

    Exactly poster failed.
  • AManWithoutAHorse 2010-11-19 11:28
    yum install XXX
  • neminem 2010-11-19 11:28
    Heh, I do like the spam one. I keep a folder of all the most amusing spam I've gotten, and that beats them all. For instance, I do have one from a few years ago with no attachment, and a body consisting entirely of:
    Content-Type: text/plain;
    Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7Bit

    Also one with a title of "(no subject)", and a base64-encoded file in the body (no, I did *not* decode it to see what they sent me.)

    Then I have one whose title informs me that it will impart secrets on "how to always be full of beans", but that's different.
  • ratis 2010-11-19 11:42
    Power Troll:
    The XXXXXXXXXXXX thing is not a WTF. This is similar to the IRC password incident. See, when you see XXXXXXXXXXXX (a medical condition), I actually see XXXXXXXXXXXX. It's the latest technology being used across the globe so that personal medical information remains anonymous in real life and on the internet.

    For example, I've been diagnosed with XXXXXXXXXXXX, but I'm not afraid to submit that, because it's automatically hidden from you guys.
    Hemorrhoidal Erectile Polyp Dysfunction.
  • REW 2010-11-19 11:53
    The yellow form is used as a pre-filled-out bank-transfer order. You just sign it and send it to the bank, and the bank will transfer the money to whomever you owe the money to.

    Normally they pre-print your name and account number (if known) their name and account number and the amount (if known).

    Now sometimes they send you an invoice which ends up being a negative amount (i.e. a refund). So they invalidate the form which would allow you to send the money.

    Sometimes you authorize them to take the money out of your account. Then you'll get one of those every month. (If you disagree, you complain to the bank and they will revert the transaction).

    This of course for those companies that chose to have one invoicing "pipeline" for both those that require the acceptgiro (yellow bank transfer forms) and those that do not.
  • The Ancient Programmer 2010-11-19 11:57
    Okay, I'm going to state the bleeding obvious just in case people out there are too young to remeber line printers. (The computer I learnt to program on is now in the Science Museum!) Forms with XXXX in the fields are usually printed at the start of a print run so the operator can line the forms up. TRWTF is somebody put it in an envelope and sent it to Jeroen. What are the chances anyone got the right bill?
  • mtgeekman 2010-11-19 12:19
    Working at a statement printing company I think I can explain the XXXXXs...

    It usually shows up in a file to be printed to help make sure the lay out on the stub is correct. IE every thing is in the box its supposed to be in.
  • Rorre Rorreson 2010-11-19 12:27
    ping floyd:
    I do believe that's the most OS-neutral error'd posting I've ever seen. Windows, Linux, and Macs, all showing their best (or worst) in the same post. Kudos!


    Three cheers for that!

    Hip hip, ERROR! Hip hip, ERROR!

    X,

    Rorre
  • OldCoder 2010-11-19 12:38
    Dazed:
    Toon:
    The XXXXXXXX one is NOT a WTF!

    It's still pretty silly. Putting x's over the amount and account number is what is usually done, and is entirely sufficient. Here they've unnecessarily filled everything with x's, even the information field and the stub (except, for some odd reason, the account number).

    Are none of you lot old enough to remember line-up pages on mainframe line printers?

    Print routines would automatically fill any variables completely with X's so that the paper could be properly set up before printing began. Obviously, these aren't supposed to get mailed out.

    Ahh, what's the use. Get off my lawn!
  • Quietust 2010-11-19 12:43
    For a moment, it looked like that last one was addressed to ERROR.
  • Ken B. 2010-11-19 12:53
    The Ancient Programmer:
    Okay, I'm going to state the bleeding obvious just in case people out there are too young to remeber line printers. (The computer I learnt to program on is now in the Science Museum!) Forms with XXXX in the fields are usually printed at the start of a print run so the operator can line the forms up. TRWTF is somebody put it in an envelope and sent it to Jeroen. What are the chances anyone got the right bill?
    Beat me to it.

    Yes, it looks like a form alignment page from "ye good olde days". But, just about everything like this that I get in the mail come in windowed envelopes, with the address on the form showing through the window. Unless this came with the "real" bill showing, it sounds like you could have an entire run of one-off bill-to-envelope matching.
  • frits 2010-11-19 12:56
    Seriously? Who hasn't written their own forms to do something like this?
  • qbolec 2010-11-19 13:04
    The Ancient Programmer:
    Okay, I'm going to state the bleeding obvious just in case people out there are too young to remeber line printers. (The computer I learnt to program on is now in the Science Museum!) Forms with XXXX in the fields are usually printed at the start of a print run so the operator can line the forms up. TRWTF is somebody put it in an envelope and sent it to Jeroen. What are the chances anyone got the right bill?


    e^-1 ? ..hm..no, wait...
  • qbolec 2010-11-19 13:05
    As to the picture no. 3 it is a muralt
  • wtf 2010-11-19 13:13
    frits:
    Seriously? Who hasn't written their own forms to do something like this?

    u dont understand: this is now a requirement for every error'd post to have a form with a country code speled out multiple times.


    Oh, wait. I new this looked familiar:
  • Mike 2010-11-19 13:18
    airdrik:
    the beholder:
    Why does Bart Kuik's picture looks so weird? There's even a floating chimney there.

    Well, the floating chimney can be explained as a part of the building that is behind the display, however it does look like they set up a giant backdrop between the display and the building behind it with a poorly drawn scene from another city.

    A part of me says that the display is just a retail POS display and they snapped a picture of it in front of a model backdrop to make it look like an electronic billboard gone awry. But then several of the details in the picture and on the display lead me to believe that it really is an electronic billboard.


    They actually do this kind of crap in Miami in the name of "beautification."

    CAPTCHA: oppeto - "Someday I'll be a real boy!"
  • Some Guy 2010-11-19 13:19
    ExOttoyuhr:
    I AM ERROR. SHOW MY NOTE TO RIVER MAN.

    [Captcha: facilisi: yes, it is facile to invoke this meme in this context...]


    TRWTF is you. Bagu is the guy with the note for the "river man". Error is in a different part of the world.
  • ZPedro 2010-11-19 13:27
    The Mac one is interesting. Apparently the system failed to localize the dialog (the localization machinery is used even for English), maybe because it couldn't open the strings file, and it instead used the key strings put in the source code, that may or may not match the strings in the development language (if the keys match the strings at least in the development language, this allows the development language strings to be shown in development, before the localization process happens, IIRC).

    The SLA note seems to be handled in another way (it's not in the strings file), probably a nib, so that may be why it was not affected.
  • XXXX 2010-11-19 13:33
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX? It says XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX? Why would he write XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX?
    --
    Perhaps he was censored?
    --
    If he was censored, why would he bother writing XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX? Wouldn't he just not send the letter?
  • Dazed 2010-11-19 13:37
    OldCoder:
    Dazed:
    Toon:
    The XXXXXXXX one is NOT a WTF!

    It's still pretty silly. Putting x's over the amount and account number is what is usually done, and is entirely sufficient. Here they've unnecessarily filled everything with x's, even the information field and the stub (except, for some odd reason, the account number).

    Are none of you lot old enough to remember line-up pages on mainframe line printers?

    Print routines would automatically fill any variables completely with X's so that the paper could be properly set up before printing began. Obviously, these aren't supposed to get mailed out.

    Ahh, what's the use. Get off my lawn!

    Sure I remember them. But do tell us: if this was a line-up page, how precisely did the Post Office manage to deliver the bill to XXXXXXXXX, XXXXXXXX XX, XXXX XX XXXXXXXXX? Enquiring minds want to know.

    What you're seeing here is the bottom third of an A4, where the top two thirds includes the recipients address and the bill. Toon is quite right about what they've done: but they've gone ludicrously over the top, filling everything (well almost, but not quite, demonstrating that it is not an automatic fill routine) with X's.
  • SteamBoat 2010-11-19 13:38
    It's a coal powered electronic billboard.

    Note the lack of smoke. There was an error and the fire went out.
  • Anon 2010-11-19 13:39
    ShatteredArm:
    I believe it is just a nice city scene painted on the side of a building in order to make a run down (I mean, "working class") neighborhood look not so bad.


    I believe the PC real-estate term is "up-and-coming" neighborhood. If you Realtor™ tells you a neighborhood is "up-and-coming" it's code for get the fuck out of there.
  • pixelbart 2010-11-19 13:40
    airdrik:
    the beholder:
    Why does Bart Kuik's picture looks so weird? There's even a floating chimney there.

    Well, the floating chimney can be explained as a part of the building that is behind the display, however it does look like they set up a giant backdrop between the display and the building behind it with a poorly drawn scene from another city.

    A part of me says that the display is just a retail POS display and they snapped a picture of it in front of a model backdrop to make it look like an electronic billboard gone awry. But then several of the details in the picture and on the display lead me to believe that it really is an electronic billboard.

    The pic is not edited. I put the originals jpegs here as a proof:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lostintheforest/5189694977/sizes/o
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lostintheforest/5190293790/sizes/o

    The pic was taken on the 3rd of July in Ede, the Netherlands (near the Ede-Wageningen train station). It looks a bit exotic with the multi-perspective wall painting, the gray skies and the Chinese Restaurant, but it is real :)
  • da Doctah 2010-11-19 13:55
    pixelbart:
    The pic was taken on the 3rd of July in Ede, the Netherlands (near the Ede-Wageningen train station). It looks a bit exotic with the multi-perspective wall painting, the gray skies and the Chinese Restaurant, but it is real :)


    What part of South Africa is that in?
  • qqqqqqq 2010-11-19 14:01
    Deezil:
    Xxxx XXXXXXXXXXXX,

    Xx xxxx xxx xxx’x xxxx, xxxx xx x xxxxx-xx xxxxx. Xxx xxxx xxxx xxx xxxxxx xx xxxxx xxxx xxxxxxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxx xxxx xxx’xx xxx xxxxx xxx xxx xxxxxx xx xx xxxxx XXXXxxx.

    Xx xxxx xxx xxxx xx.

    Xxxxxxxxx,
    Xxxx Xxxxxxxxx

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  • ÃÆâ€℠2010-11-19 14:09
    wtf:
    frits:
    Seriously? Who hasn't written their own forms to do something like this?


    Oh, wait. I new this looked familiar:


    Looks like the good ol' days of TDWTF are gone. They don't post daily now, they make dumb stories, and now, they even recycle old wtf's.
  • ÃÆâ€â„ 2010-11-19 14:11
    http://thedailywtf.com/Articles/There-is-No-Survey-Currently-Running.aspx

    Thanks Alex!
  • Dan 2010-11-19 14:48
    Is it only Macs that "Just Work"? I have a Mac Mini that half the time fails to boot up completely, and an iPod that reset twice yesterday. If they are also in the "Just Works" category, I want my money back.
  • drusi 2010-11-19 14:52
    Paul:
    ERROR
    If you cannot view this comment properly, please ERROR.

    Dear Mr. Papadimoulis
    ERROR

    Okay.

    ERROR
  • JJ 2010-11-19 15:00
    Some Wonk:
    Silfax:
    golddog:
    operagost:
    It says, "Here may be found the last words of Joseph of Informix. The selected locale/codeset will result in performance degradation. For optimum performance, UGGGGHHHHH"


    Nobody would write, "UGGGGHHHHH", they'd just say it!


    perhaps he was dictating


    No, no. It's Aaauugghh. In the back of the throat.

    No, I mean "Ooohh!" as in surprise and alarm.
  • can't say 2010-11-19 15:04
    The actual WTF is the actual collection of "items" posted today (I can't call them articles, cause they're really not). I mean, one simply cannot say anything sophisticated about any of them - the global reaction is "ha-ha", and that's it. We (well, I) want an interesting story, something that can be discussed. WTF can anyone say about any of the "stories" from today? Nothing! Ha-ha. Yes, they're funny. What else can you say? Am I missing a message, or what?
  • Dazed 2010-11-19 15:10
    What you're missing is that this post is in the category "Error'd".
  • JamesQMurphy 2010-11-19 15:22
    can't say:
    The actual WTF is the actual collection of "items" posted today (I can't call them articles, cause they're really not). I mean, one simply cannot say anything sophisticated about any of them - the global reaction is "ha-ha", and that's it. We (well, I) want an interesting story, something that can be discussed. WTF can anyone say about any of the "stories" from today? Nothing! Ha-ha. Yes, they're funny. What else can you say? Am I missing a message, or what?

    Shhh! Don't tell the emperor that he's got nothing on!
  • can't say 2010-11-19 15:23
    I guess I did miss that. However, it's presented on the home page as the "article of the day". So - still - WTF?
  • BentFranklin 2010-11-19 15:50
    Dan:
    Is it only Macs that "Just Work"? I have a Mac Mini that half the time fails to boot up completely, and an iPod that reset twice yesterday. If they are also in the "Just Works" category, I want my money back.


    Just take the to the just Mac store and get them just fixed.

    Captcha: iusto. But I don't anymore
  • AC 2010-11-19 16:07
    If you're happy and you know it, ERROR
    If you're happy and you know it, ERROR
    If you're happy and you know it,
    and you really want to show it
    ERROR!
  • Nome de Plume 2010-11-19 16:26
    frits:
    Seriously? Who hasn't written their own forms to do something like this?


    I don't know why this guy from the Netherlands can't understand it. Africaans is just simplified Dutch. This must be how they simplify countries.
  • Kiss me I'm Polish 2010-11-19 16:49
    Web Dude:
    Anonymous:
    Obviously it's in Roman numerals. ЄXXXX.XX is 40 Euros and 20 Eurolets (are Euro pence called Eurolets?


    A Euro pence is called a Eurine. FACT.
    Nope, it's a Euranus.
  • airdrik 2010-11-19 17:35
    can't say:
    I guess I did miss that. However, it's presented on the home page as the "article of the day". So - still - WTF?

    Except that they do Error'd every Friday.
  • enim 2010-11-19 17:55
    pixelbart:
    The pic is not edited. I put the originals jpegs here as a proof:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lostintheforest/5189694977/sizes/o
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lostintheforest/5190293790/sizes/o

    The pic was taken on the 3rd of July in Ede, the Netherlands (near the Ede-Wageningen train station). It looks a bit exotic with the multi-perspective wall painting, the gray skies and the Chinese Restaurant, but it is real :)

    TRWTF is that 3 out of 8 posted submissions are from the Netherlands. (Numbers 1, 3, and 7)
  • Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex Ex... 2010-11-19 18:38
    wtf:
    frits:
    Seriously? Who hasn't written their own forms to do something like this?

    u dont understand: this is now a requirement for every error'd post to have a form with a country code speled out multiple times.


    Oh, wait. I new this looked familiar:


    I thought you were posting a consulting job for fried pickles in south africa, so I mailed my resume to what I presume is your business address:

    XXXXXX XXXXXX
    c/o XXXXXXXXXXXX
    XXXXX XXXXXX XX
    XXXXXX, XXXXXXX
    XXXXX, XX

    Please ignore.
  • SCSimmons 2010-11-19 20:39
    The selected locale/codeset will result in performance degradation. For optimum performance...

    As a former Informix DBA, I can tell you that the rest of the error message that was cut off by the limitations of the display box is
    ... install Oracle, or SQL Server, or even freaking MySQL. Anything but this piece of crap DBMS. Seriously.

  • frits 2010-11-19 21:30
    This is the stupidest thread of meta-comments yet.

  • uuang 2010-11-19 23:26
    ERROR

    wtf akismet, IM NOT SPAMMING!
  • DJ 2010-11-20 00:09
    I call BS on the Mac error.

    This is what happens when you install OS X on a PC and edit the one of the localization files to make it display the correct CPU name. So I don't think you can really call it a Mac error.
  • Falcon 2010-11-20 03:06
    Looks like Jeroen's health insurer anticipated the submission to TDWTF and preemptively redacted the confidential info.

    Now that's first class customer service, right there!
  • SQB 2010-11-20 03:09
    REW:
    (reasons why you may not need the transfer form snipped...)

    This of course for those companies that chose to have one invoicing "pipeline" for both those that require the acceptgiro (yellow bank transfer forms) and those that do not.


    And that is TRWTF. The transfer forms cost a lot more since they have to conform to regulations. Last quote I heard was about 10 eurocents per form.

    Print the bills that don't need a transfer form attached on regular paper. Save money and embarrassment.
  • Leifbk 2010-11-20 05:42
    SCSimmons:
    The selected locale/codeset will result in performance degradation. For optimum performance...

    As a former Informix DBA, I can tell you that the rest of the error message that was cut off by the limitations of the display box is
    ... install Oracle, or SQL Server, or even freaking MySQL. Anything but this piece of crap DBMS. Seriously.



    What's wrong with PostgreSQL?
  • rawrmage 2010-11-20 15:31
    On the BlackBerry answers site:
    http://www5.nohold.net/RIM/Loginr.aspx?pid=7&login=1&usertext=why%20does%20the%20sun%20always%20rise%20in%20the%20east%20and%20set%20in%20the%20west
    Guest why does the sun always rise in the east and set in the west
    Why Does The Sun Always Rise In The East And Set In The West?
    This is because the earth spins on its axis
  • Zongo 2010-11-21 03:36
    Tonight we're gonna ERROR like its 1999!
  • Bushea 2010-11-21 06:34
    ratis:
    Power Troll:
    The XXXXXXXXXXXX thing is not a WTF. This is similar to the IRC password incident. See, when you see XXXXXXXXXXXX (a medical condition), I actually see XXXXXXXXXXXX. It's the latest technology being used across the globe so that personal medical information remains anonymous in real life and on the internet.

    For example, I've been diagnosed with XXXXXXXXXXXX, but I'm not afraid to submit that, because it's automatically hidden from you guys.
    Hemorrhoidal Erectile Polyp Dysfunction.

    Arrrgh! Must... destroy... minds... eye...
  • USER_NAME_TITLE 2010-11-21 08:30
    COMMENT_MESSAGE

    COMMENT_INFORMATIVE

    TRWTF_MESSAGE

    CAPTCHA_MESSAGE

    FUCK_AKISMET_MESSAGE
  • minim 2010-11-21 09:16
    anon:
    Anonymous:
    Obviously it's in Roman numerals. ЄXXXX.XX is 40 Euros and 20 Eurolets (are Euro pence called Eurolets? If not, why not?).
    They're called Euro-cents, presumably because "cents" was already taken.

    Except that they're not.
  • Anoniem 2010-11-21 15:54
    Indeed. This is not a WTF. It shows only a part of a letter.
    The person is getting money back or he pays via direct debit. The letter states that money will be withdrawn from his account automatically. The xxxx prevents him from using the yellow form and paying twice.
  • Xythar 2010-11-21 23:08
    USER_NAME_TITLE:
    COMMENT_MESSAGE

    COMMENT_INFORMATIVE

    TRWTF_MESSAGE

    CAPTCHA_MESSAGE

    FUCK_AKISMET_MESSAGE


    NONSENSICAL_STATEMENT_INVOLVING_PLANKTON
  • The 2-Belo 2010-11-21 23:38
    When I've got these antlers on, UGGGGHHHHH
  • Severity One 2010-11-22 02:56
    golddog:
    Nobody would write, "UGGGGHHHHH", they'd just say it!

    Obviously, you have never watched 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail'.
  • RogerWilco 2010-11-22 03:53
    And nobody has commented on the php installer picture yet. Not even "PHP is TRWTF".

    What's up with that? What is broken to give such an error?
  • RogerWilco 2010-11-22 03:56
    pixelbart:
    airdrik:
    the beholder:
    Why does Bart Kuik's picture looks so weird? There's even a floating chimney there.

    Well, the floating chimney can be explained as a part of the building that is behind the display, however it does look like they set up a giant backdrop between the display and the building behind it with a poorly drawn scene from another city.

    A part of me says that the display is just a retail POS display and they snapped a picture of it in front of a model backdrop to make it look like an electronic billboard gone awry. But then several of the details in the picture and on the display lead me to believe that it really is an electronic billboard.

    The pic is not edited. I put the originals jpegs here as a proof:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lostintheforest/5189694977/sizes/o
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lostintheforest/5190293790/sizes/o

    The pic was taken on the 3rd of July in Ede, the Netherlands (near the Ede-Wageningen train station). It looks a bit exotic with the multi-perspective wall painting, the gray skies and the Chinese Restaurant, but it is real :)


    This actually gave enough information that you can indeed find it on Google Maps: http://maps.google.nl/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=nl&geocode=&q=chinees+indisch+restaurant+peking+&sll=52.031268,5.692635&sspn=0.062311,0.181789&ie=UTF8&hq=chinees+indisch+restaurant+peking&hnear=&ll=52.027783,5.670398&spn=0.238698,0.727158&t=h&z=11&layer=c&cbll=52.027783,5.670398&panoid=c74BfEmutxmmR6nAbpDGNg&cbp=12,241.59,,0,5.53
  • Error'd 2010-11-22 05:29
    can't say:
    The actual WTF is the actual collection of "items" posted today (I can't call them articles, cause they're really not). I mean, one simply cannot say anything sophisticated about any of them - the global reaction is "ha-ha", and that's it. We (well, I) want an interesting story, something that can be discussed. WTF can anyone say about any of the "stories" from today? Nothing! Ha-ha. Yes, they're funny. What else can you say? Am I missing a message, or what?

    You're new here, right? It's Friday, Friday is Error'd day, get over it.
  • ggeens 2010-11-22 08:13
    Toon:
    The XXXXXXXX one is NOT a WTF! presumably mr. submitter did not submit the entire letter. The yellow form is normally signed by the person owing the money, so the bank can transfer the money. In this case the health insurer had probably given the submitter money in return, but "had" to send one of these letters, marking the yellow form with X's for the recipient's benefit.


    Totally agreed.

    I have received similar forms before. (Belgian instead of Dutch, but the same principle.)

    The way it works:

    The company uses form paper for their invoices. This paper is pre-printed with logo, contact information and so on. The bottom part is the money transfer form. (With perforations to facilitate tearing off.)

    Occasionally, a client might get a refund. The invoice printer will happily print out the refund data and cross out the payment form. (Just in case someone signs the form and hands it to their bank.)
  • Chris 2010-11-22 09:25
    The Dutch tax office has a much more WTF procedure, where they send you one letter stating that you owe them, but not how much, another where they state how much you have to pay them, but not why, and another one telling you to pay, which includes one of these yellow forms (typically without the Xs though).
  • wtf 2010-11-22 10:04
    Every day without a wtf, anuther kitten dies.
  • Alargule 2010-11-22 10:20
    wtf:
    Every day without a wtf, anuther kitten dies.


    GOOD!
  • nyos 2010-11-22 12:14
    Finally health insurance companies take customers' privacy and data protection seriously. So they XXXX-d all data.
  • Design Pattern 2010-11-22 13:21
    Zongo:
    Tonight we're gonna ERROR like its 1999!

    Nope.

    Tonight we ERROR in HELL!
  • Satanicpuppy 2010-11-22 15:52
    Deezil:
    Xxxx XXXXXXXXXXXX,

    Xx xxxx xxx xxx’x xxxx, xxxx xx x xxxxx-xx xxxxx. Xxx xxxx xxxx xxx xxxxxx xx xxxxx xxxx xxxxxxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxx xxxx xxx’xx xxx xxxxx xxx xxx xxxxxx xx xx xxxxx XXXXxxx.

    Xx xxxx xxx xxxx xx.

    Xxxxxxxxx,
    Xxxx Xxxxxxxxx


    It's humorous, but it's not a WTF. It's a form alignment test header. The dumb part is that the guy who printed the bills didn't tear that sheet off the top.
  • Scarlet Manuka 2010-11-22 21:36
    enim:
    TRWTF is that 3 out of 8 posted submissions are from South Africa.

    FTFY.
  • Reinier 2010-11-23 04:24
    Nome de Plume:
    frits:
    Seriously? Who hasn't written their own forms to do something like this?


    I don't know why this guy from the Netherlands can't understand it. Africaans is just simplified Dutch. This must be how they simplify countries.


    Yeah, that Reinier is probably a pretty stupid guy :)
  • halyavin 2010-11-23 05:42
    I once participated in a programming contest where every letter except the problem name, numbers/formulas and sample input/output was intentionally replaced by x (it was called a xxx contest of course). Testing psychic skills like that was fun.
  • frits 2010-11-23 09:16
    Scarlet Manuka:
    enim:
    TRWTF is that 3 out of 8 posted submissions are from South Africa.

    FTFY.


    Well it's nice to see something else coming from South Africa besides Aparteid, Dave Matthews, or Yolandi Visser.
  • madjo (on IE6, don't judge me) 2010-11-23 09:24
    Dave Van den Eynde:
    That's not an Error'd. The bill is probably settled automatically and the standard form is overwritten with X's to prevent the customer to accidentally use the form to make another payment.

    This happens all the time on my bills.


    More likely he was late with paying, in that case you get two bills, one with a letter saying you were late, with an XXXX'ed out acceptgiro attached, and the second one with the actual bill. At least that what happens to me sometimes.
  • Jeff Grigg 2010-11-23 12:22
    "XXXXXXXXXXXX" is just an alignment page -- printed on tractor feed fan-fold paper to verify that the forms are set properly in the printer before printing thousands of real statements. It's a standard practice.

    The poster received it at his address, so the second page must have been his real and correct statement. So the only WTF here is that the sender forgot to tear off and discard the alignment page from the start of the run. ...a minor mistake, really.

    (P.S. I see that they got the forms very well aligned too. I've received forms that were several characters off. The sender did a good job on the alignment part.)
  • XXXX XXXXXXXX 2010-11-23 15:28
    Jeroen, stop reading my mail you jerk! I just moved to a new town called XXXX in Xexas and I knew they'd get my mailing address wrong!. They didn't even spell my last name right, there's an extra X right in the middle. Jeroen, if you get any more of my mail, please forward it to me at:

    XXXX XXXXXXXX
    XXXXX XxxxxxX st.
    XXXX, XX XXXXX
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